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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dillogic wrote:
League_Girl wrote:
I had no problems learning to drive and it took me a few tries to pass the written and driving.


I think failing the tests a few times means you had problems with it, just FYI and all.

Meh the written test took me a few tries, just because I was lazy and did not study, same with all my nt friends as well.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I seem to be the exception to the rule by the look of things. I have found learning to drive to be a nightmare and, at 30, have pretty much given up now. I didnt realise I was AS at the time but my problems all seem to be in areas where aspies can have issues:
- Processing multiple streams: Could not concerntrate on both driving the car, listening to the instructor and answering questions he would ask as I drove.
- Spacial awareness: Found it very difficult to judge distances, relative positions and speeds in real-time while doing all the other driving stuff.
- Anticipating others: Difficulty judging what other drivers and pedestrians were going to do.

The instructor became quite angry at times and kindly told me that in all his time teaching, he had never met anyone 'like me' - This was not meant as a complement. What a tosser.

I cycle these days and I find this much easier (not to mention cheaper).
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes they can. I drive and I have had my licence 20 years now.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unequivocally YES! Not only can I drive a car but I am also licensed to drive larger vehicles such as large trucks and buses (but I cannot drive anything with a large trailer).
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had been driving while with a Larning Perit in college, but after losing my car, I lost the skill. After ood instruction at a Driving School I finally got my license in 1988.
It took a bit longer, but it can be done.. My biggest problem was hostile DOT testers.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would speculate that the vast majority of Aspies drive. I drive for fun and comfort even.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Si_82 wrote:
I seem to be the exception to the rule by the look of things. I have found learning to drive to be a nightmare and, at 30, have pretty much given up now. I didnt realise I was AS at the time but my problems all seem to be in areas where aspies can have issues:
- Processing multiple streams: Could not concerntrate on both driving the car, listening to the instructor and answering questions he would ask as I drove.
- Spacial awareness: Found it very difficult to judge distances, relative positions and speeds in real-time while doing all the other driving stuff.
- Anticipating others: Difficulty judging what other drivers and pedestrians were going to do.

The instructor became quite angry at times and kindly told me that in all his time teaching, he had never met anyone 'like me' - This was not meant as a complement. What a tosser.

I cycle these days and I find this much easier (not to mention cheaper).
Learning to drive at such a late age is always hard.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I drive for my job (delivering for Domino's). Before this job I wasnt so good but with all the practice, I've gotten pretty good. I thought I would be sick of driving when I started this job but I actually enjoy it very much now.
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PlantLover
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Learning the fundamentals of driving was easy for me. Learning to focus my attention on all the right things without distraction was another story.

I got better by sticking to routes I knew really well first. I wasn't as scared/distracted like that. Then, with family in the car to help me navigate, I started venturing out further. Now I drive comfortably pretty much anywhere now by myself.

Hope this helps.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not to brag, but I am a very highly skilled driver. I had no problems learning to drive and even got a perfect score on my road test with a old, jaded and tough evaluator in the car with me. I'm also an expert forklift operator even though I rarely use one I can say with confidence almost nobody can match my abilities. I have driven for 12 years without even a parking ticket.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've driven cars, truck, farm machines and construction equipment. I was working on my pilot's license at one time (before the divorce).

Yes, some aspies can become proficient at operating a vehicle, and some can't.

You'll never know until you try.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got my license on my first try. I've had many jobs where i've done driving. I drive close to 75k a year now at my current job.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can drive, but it took me a couple of years to work up the courage to go and give the driving test a shot. Embarassed
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Easily. I got my license right when I turned 16 and I've been driving everyday since with no problems.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got my license so yes I would say that we can drive Razz I just don't any more because of anxiety issues.
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